Rice coming off 1st winning season since 2008

Rice coming off 1st winning season since 2008

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FORT WORTH, TX - DECEMBER 29: Cameron Nwosu #57 of the Rice Owls hoists the trophy after defeating the Air Force Falcons on December 29, 2012 during the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

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by KRISTIE RIEKEN / The Associated Press

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Posted on August 16, 2013 at 2:10 PM

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Rice Owls had an impressive second-half turnaround to rebound from a terrible start and finish last season with their first winning record since 2008.

As they prepare for their 2013 campaign, they’re hoping to build on the momentum they gained by reeling off four straight victories to qualify for a bowl. They defeated Air Force 33-14 in the Armed Forces Bowl to end the year 7-6.

Coach David Bailiff says: “We knew we were really talented, we just had to put it all together.”

This year the Owls have a veteran team with 19 returning starters led by preseason Conference-USA defensive player of the year defensive back Phillip Gaines.

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